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video for your media. c.e.o. don carty dot com. coming up on r t now that edward snowden has been given temporary asylum in russia what's next for him we'll give you the latest updates on the n.s.a. whistleblower and what's being said about him back here in the states. and one of the biggest conventions in the cyber world is underway in las vegas our team is on the ground a death cantone thirteen a report just ahead. and when you head out for a drink tonight it's probably going to cost you more the price for booze is on the rise and we'll tell you what's behind the increase as we belly up to the bar on tonight's show. period even it's friday august second eight pm in washington d.c. i'm marinate and you're watching our two now we've seen
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a flurry of legislative proposals on capitol hill to scale back the level of surveillance in government this after it was revealed through edward snowden's leaks these proposals include reforms to the fisa courts and efforts to repeal or change the patriot act however many of the same legislators who base these bills on information from snowden are the same ones calling for him to spend the rest of his life in jail the new york times journalist james rice and he's currently involved in a leak case of his own had this to say about the matter on c.n.n. last night. we wouldn't be having this discussion if it wasn't for them that's true why do you think why do you think i mean that's the thing i don't understand about the climate in washington these days is that people want to have debates on television and elsewhere but then you want to throw the people who start the debates in jail snowden was granted temporary asylum in russia on thursday the n.s.a. leaker has now left the moscow airport he's called home for the past five weeks
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here's a photo of him leaving the airport yesterday snowden's russian lawyer said the thirty year old has found shelter in a private home of american expatriates in russia russia rejected the u.s. government's appeal to extradite the american fugitive back to the u.s. where he faces charges under the espionage act instead it russia granted him one year of asylum and travel documents the move has angered u.s. officials the white house is saying see the white house has signaled that president barack obama may boycott a september summit with president vladimir putin r.t. correspondent guy on chicha can has more on how these tensions are playing out. together with edward snowden russia has now become the object of washington's wrath fiery remarks are coming from congress senator lindsey graham says americans in washington should consider this a game changer in our relationship with russia senator john mccain goes it's a slap in the face of all americans we cannot allow today's action by pointing to stand without serious repr questions the white house touched upon some of those are
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precautions saying moscow's decision on snowden undermines the growing cooperation between russian and u.s. security services the white house spokesperson said washington is quote exploring leave disappointed with moscow also this mr snowden is not a whistleblower he is accused of leaking classified information and has been charged with three family filming the counts and he should be returned to the united states polls show the majority of americans actually disagree with the white house on whether or not mr snowden is a whistleblower they think it is but it seems the white house and some lawmakers are only happy to focus on russia because it takes the thunder away from the conversation about the surveillance state but the conversation is happening as much as the government would want to be can't put a lid on it new laws are being proposed to rein in n.s.a. surveillance last week congress killed one such bill by only twelve votes lawmakers so if indicated there will be more such proposals and response to snowden's revelations senior intelligence officials have testified in congress with the same
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classified documents but they wouldn't be having that conversation if it weren't for snowden from snowden we first learned about the prism program a system the n.s.a. uses to gain access to the private communications of users of nine popular internet services the government said the n.s.a. does that only with a warrant from the feistel court those are secret court orders snowden said the faisel court merely rubber sent such warrants and he revealed one such secrets court order for a telecommunications company to hand over its clients data in bulk the government has acknowledged of all collection of communications but said no one. to look at the content of those communications without a warrant snowden said yes they can this week the guardian relying on the documents that snowden had earlier provided his release details of a program that makes it possible we learned about x. keyscore which allows us to search through vast amounts of data collected by other programs having sekret flies to scorrier and his comfortable lifestyle snowden said
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he wanted to expose the government's lies and hypocrisy among other things he revealed that while washington is complaining about china's spying the n.s.a. spied on china all the time on chinese research centers on the chinese university and so on he has also exposed all the country's intelligence services which are quote unquote in bed with the n.s.a. and are essentially doing the same thing like the u.k. g c h q so it's not just civil liberties advocates on this side of the atlantic who are grateful to snowden in washington i'm going to check them. and it seems like the hits to the n.s.a. just keep coming the new zealand sunday star times reported that the new zealand military with assistance from u.s. intelligence agencies like the n.s.a. intercepted the phone metadata from a journalist working for mcclatchy that is the third largest newspaper chain in the united states now the mcclatchy journalist is john stephenson who reported from afghanistan the sunday star times said the intelligence agencies targeted
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stephenson for his reporting on how the afghan detainees were handled and sought his source for the confidential information now the military allegedly used the metadata from stevenson's phone to determine who he had called and then who those people have called afterwards creating a phone tree of the journalist associates now to walk us through this issue and its effects on press freedom i was on earlier by craig aaron the president and c.e.o. of free press start off by asking him how much power news organizations have to protect their journalists from spying. certainly you have to put things on the record and one thing in being the associated press or mcclatchy is you do have a megaphone and so the letter is a way to get that story out there and allow your own reporters to cover what's happening to your company that said these are serious serious allegations i mean stevenson was a reporter who has broken stories about alleged war crimes so accusing a new zealand soldiers of committing war crimes while in afghanistan very serious allegations the idea that he was being spied on because maybe the new zealand
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military doesn't like this story doesn't want it out there wants to know who his sources are inside very very serious allegations also mcclatchy is a chain that's done very serious and critical reporting on the war on terror for years going back to the run up in the war in iraq so the notion that we're sort of exporting these attacks on press freedom that we're using intelligence gathered in a war zone to potentially punish journalists for doing those jobs doing their jobs that's a very serious and deeply concerning allegation indeed it is not can you talk to me about the effect of taking metadata from john stevens and on the freedom of press it just seems like you said you were less than what you need to understand about metadata as the snowden revelations have i think suggest is that it can tell you a lot about maybe even more than what recording a conversation could tell you because with the metadata you know where they were standing when they made a call how long they talked to which numbers they call this can give you a lot of information really all of the information you need about where. to so by
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reconstructing this you're able to figure out you know who this journalist is calling and who's calling him that's a lot of information on how they're doing their jobs and we're talking about journalists you know that's how they do their chops in who they call who they use the phone to talk to that's that's that's everything now the reason for collecting john stevensons metadata in the first place the government says it is because that he did this report on the mistreatment of afghan detainees and they said that was a justifiable reason because he was talking to potential terrorists in your opinion what is a justifiable reason for taking the price that's you know i think a just the only justifiable reason would be clear evidence that someone was actually involved in terrorist or criminal activity so if the journalists themselves they had reason to believe was doing something to break the law or to plan an attack certainly in cases like that you could see going after metadata but
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the idea that a government would go after the phone records of a journalist simply because they don't like the stories they're doing that that's a real big problem and it is a problem now we're learning that you know there's all these different government branches that are surveilling us and journalists has this been going on for a long time and we're now just making noise about it i mean i think the question is we don't really know you know we know that the associated press here in washington d.c. figured out that the government had gone in and did a broad sweep of their phone records we know that they've gone after a journalist at fox news for the records of him going in and out of the state department and you know in this case we don't know as much this was a war zone there's obviously a lot of communications and intelligence being swept up we don't know exactly how this new zealand instance was carried out but i think we have a real reasons to question whether this administration whether the military is protecting press freedom that was craig aaron president and c.e.o. of free press. and now to
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a world where car breaks can be controlled from outside the vehicle the hacker. the one creating the security systems and intelligent design is not a thing of fantasy and i talking about a parallel universe nope i'm talking about las vegas where the twenty first annual def con convention kicked off thursday at the rio hotel and could see no intensity now def-con is one of the world's largest annual hacker conventions on the docket this year hacking into a car's computer to control the vehicle from afar that includes connecting to critical car functionality like steering and even braking archies intrepid andrew blake is there covering the event i spoke with him earlier and asked him which def con event stood out as the best you know what's really really shifted me is actually just the whole community here there's people from you know from practically toddlers to senior citizens walking around trying to get their hands on things to learn more this is really all about learning it's not necessarily breaking stuff it's pushing the bill and trying to learn new new tools and tricks
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to make everyone more happy you know everything from improving robotics to improving computer code to improving personal security it's all people who want to improve things that we you know are using more and more every single day whether it's a computer system a computer server or just the way we communicate with one another it's all people getting together who are all interested in advancing these things to the point where things are going to be just that much better that much secure than what we have right now now does this take my interest what about this hacking driverless vehicles panel can you tell me more about that. yeah i actually just got out of that around an hour ago it was with a fellow named like a pretty well known hacker and he spent around an hour giving a packed room this demonstration about how any sort of self moving vehicle can easily be compromised or the pet easy's kind of a relative term but you know think of it this way like we have those google cars
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the autonomous moving vehicles there's also you a vizio drones that are used by the air force and the navy and the civilian drones are going to be here this summer actually i think by august we're going to see our first to license a billion phone so with zazi was talking about was you can override the technologies that these devices use you know for instance in an automated self moving car it relies on g.p.s. relies on laser or a laser radar excuse me ever lies on cameras and there's ways to either spoof in jam all of these things to pretty much take anything from a google self driving vehicle to a civilian drone perhaps even a military drone if you can break the encryption compromising those vehicles and then doing whatever you want to do with it and spent around forty five minutes explaining that you know it's not that difficult if you know what you're doing you can pretty much. you have your way it's all about finding the weakest link and exploiting it that's that's concerning now def-con is filled with people and they define themselves as hackers but are they a cohesive group is there
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a sort of hacker culture that you see evident there. you know no i mean. there's been such a demonizing of the word hacker in recent years i mean the other day last week the prosecution in the case of bradley manning used the word hacker to to demonize him to try to say hey judge put this guy away for life he's nothing but an evil hacker i'm paraphrasing of course but you know it's not it's got this negative connotation going back from like late sixties and seventies to more like mid eighty's to matthew broderick in wargames you know nerds getting on computers and compromising national security systems what i'm seeing are a bunch of people who are interested in learning and actually as said during that hacking vehicle saying just earlier today it's about pushing the it's about learning and it's about you know community sharing networking these are people who are all coming together because they have a common interest in improving their own personal grasp on technology so you know
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sure you get some of the stereotypical long bearded wearing introverted hacker sorts that you see portrayed in the media but you know you also get just regular people just normal guys and girls walking around trying to learn something it's very very very interesting community. that was archie web producer andrew blake in las vegas. and the new york city mayoral election is in full swing with the democratic primaries coming up on september tenth but the media coverage is focusing on someone who won't appear on the ballot someone is carlos danger now that's the pseudonym candidate anthony weiner used when sending out some of his infamous crotch shots so why all the focus on wiener our t.v. correspondent honest. looks into it. new york mayoral candidate anthony weiner his ever widening sexting scandal wiener is once again seeking redemption
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a pervert all of this. last for an entire week and a media mesmerized by a politician and a body part he belongs to i'm interested in why it's such a big story like a trendy to think of a story but then of course we wind up making it that much more of a story because the story becomes why is a story born a democrat with the guts to send receive photos to random women online the thing that's really interesting and very few people have mentioned is just how boring this particular kink is i mean you know it's kind of like looking at that issue magazines on the newsstand not that i would ever do such a thing and you know like people are into this anthony weiner clearly was he got caught once today i'm announcing my resignation from congress two years later running for new york mayor the man is back in the spotlight not for his politics but rather for flaunting his stuff even less discreetly yet again that other texts and photos were likely to come out even his wife was seemingly unjaded by her
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husband funtime behind her back. i have given. the can i suppose but the media simply refusing to put this story to bed this is the kind of stories that cable news in america lives for a prominent politician sexting wiener or rather his alias carlos danger stealing the headlines like nothing else in the world matters anthony weiner we know when or where just don't tweet young if you can get away with it he just avoid that you're going to be fine you can kill you can you can draw bomb all you want doesn't matter you can have the largest and it's a surveillance as i recall he ated just don't tweet junk from jokes new york new york the city that never sleeps just got one more thing to keep it up and i took. criticisms to endless debate on the matter it's as if t.v.'s have been force feeding wieners indiscretions to americans with puritanism as the side
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dish i don't think that he wanted to be that big of a deal no pun intended people probably want to do with themselves and they're probably callous that he did it. i don't know people are repressed sexually and i think they get obsessed with the thing because in reality it's a prostitution is the oldest profession i think it's politicians grabbing asses it's the oldest profession and america is certainly no stranger to this these are proteges this wife of the of the clintons who went through the same sort of thing in the ninety's who came out of it smelling like roses even though americans might question anthony weiner's judgment and most of us would prefer not to be next to receive one of his special picture messages the one thing more awkward than this politician's games is the frenzy surrounding this victimless crime but the media more outraged than his own wife and this is going to r.t. new york. now as friday happy hour is upon us we bring you all the latest breaking
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libation news americans are increasingly ordering the top shelf items up bars around the country and in the process pour in big profits into the companies that make the good stuff and despite decreases in sales alcohol companies like viaggio posted gains an american profit now diaz you know which owns smirnoff aka johnny walker black label and tango region noted in its earnings report that north america counted for forty percent of profit in the recent quarter despite representing only one third of the company's sales so why are drinkers here in the u.s. so lucrative for these companies we sent our chief correspondent liz wahl to a local bar earlier to break down these numbers and find out what's going on yes that's right i am indeed add a local bar in d.c. at almost happy hour so that means this place is going to fill up pretty soon that's usually of a favorite past time you're in despair people like to get out of work and go to happy hour and what we're seeing aaron based on these figures is that we actually we should point out that it's not necessarily the bars that are cashing in it's the
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companies that make the beer that make the blues that are cashing in and going to give you an example of a company that's making the big profits ideology go you mentioned earlier they make some of the big labels that you see when you're at the bar when you're at the liquor store near enough that we can bring them up here near enough crowd royale captain morgan tanker a cattle one johnnie walker blue all these big labels that we know this company makes them and they're making good profits as we'll see here they just filed their figures and in fiscal year two thousand and thirteen we see that their north america that forty percent of their profits come from north america so big market here and also they're making good money at their profit their net profit is up five percent and so as you know is a good year good year for the liquor companies and as you meant. an aran american they like their top shelf stuff they like start their higher and higher end stuff
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and as we see it there they're willing to pay more for it now lives are lower and libations also seeing the same high payoff for these big companies. lower at best that's interesting that you know sometimes people will try to save money so they get the well drugs like pop of vodka for example but even though americans like their higher enjoying a when it comes to their lower end drinks the prices are being jacked up there to about ten percent according to bloomberg businessweek. so even if you're trying to save my butt apparently a pair of americans don't notice because we're seeing that third they're not cutting back on their bar tabs how do these happy hour growers feel about this. well i think i think a lot of them don't really notice i think that it's kind of something we're seeing in times of recession with doesn't matter what the economy is like people like like to have a good drink and there is always a good reason to have
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a drink whether whether it's you have a bad day or you're trying to celebrate. happy hour is very very popular here in d.c. is so you know to be honest with you i don't think people really really do notice that there is that there is much of a price difference there and now is most important question of the day top or bottom shelf for you what do you go on with. well i do want to make it clear what i'm drinking right now is just water it's still work hours so i am just drinking water right now it is friday so. it is almost the weekend and i'll probably grab a drink after work errands i'm not sure what i'll be a lot you know later report to you later. have a full report on that later that was our tease liz wall thank you. and finally here at archie we are investigative journalists and when we hear something that piqued our interest we pursue it with reckless abandon that's why when we heard there was
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a fifteen year old mcdonald's hamburger out there somewhere in the world we decided to get to the bottom of it our g. correspondent megan lopez explains. why but the same burger in ninety nine died on july seventh this is david whipple in his hand is what he claims is the world's oldest hamburger it almost smells yet just as. it's like a stale. little says this burger is unique and not just because it's old there's no rancidity or order to order any bolder fungus that's right this patty and it's been are perfectly intact with full says he saved the burger to show his friends how in zines work to break down food but it never decomposed and so that made me curious could i make a mom of five burger of my own well let's go find out to be clear this experiment is not about mcdonald's versus other fast food restaurants it's fast food vs home
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made to the disgust of my r.c. colleagues day after day i kept the burger at my desk documenting the changes in its appearance ok so it's been just about a month since i bought a burger and fries and let's take a look at the fries first they look a little bit more shriveled but the color is still there they look about the same now as for the burger itself from an outward appearance you would have no idea that this is a month old burger i mean the smell it doesn't really smell like anything it's not very potent but it is hard as a rock honestly the most disintegrated part of this whole thing is probably the bag like david's burger or mine showed no signs of mold or bacterial growth which made me wonder so what exactly is in our food and how is it possible that a fifteen year old hamburger shows no outward signs of decomposition when i came all the way to the university of massachusetts amherst to find out with a hammer by the time it's really well cooked as pie pretty low and moisture are low enough and moisture that it becomes hard for the bacteria in them to grow eric
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decker is the head of the food sciences department here he says that fears over frankenfood are real but the danger is not. i think there's a lot of cultural i think people get very very worried and nervous about having these compounds in their food they want all the technology they can get their i phone but they don't want it in their food i showed mr decker my own burger specimen to inspect ok so you can see you're right it's part of iraq right and that's the bread is all really dried out and gotten very very stale so that would prevent probably any more from growing on the bread itself he says there are a lot of factors that cause my burger to look for truly the same the thinness of the burger patty and the lower grade of beef affect how it decomposes the environment alone waste your how it was cooked all of it plays a role in the end i mean they probably want her you need a mum would be a pleasant experience overall decker says if we did the same experiment with
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a homemade burger of equal signs and thickness and left it out on the table we would see similar results i worked in a factory that made the buns of whoppers and that bread was exactly the same as the bread that would be sold on the supermarket shelves there wasn't anything added to that it's. hamburgers fresh ground beef so that would be the same but both david whipple and eric decker agree it's not necessarily the quality of the burger you eat but the quantity that can impact your health and my philosophy there is no such thing as bad foods there's bad amounts of foods if you need a hamburger you know one hamburger go kill you. certainly will be killed piece but if the two or three a day you didn't have it back on you is just a little food for thought before you head to the dinner table in washington meghan lopez r.t. . now currently a lot of u.s. taxpayer dollars are being spent on reconstruction in afghanistan but what happens
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if the money goes to private contractors that are at best tone or productive for more on that the residents laura her finest. the u.s. government is spending tens of billions of dollars in afghanistan for reconstruction and military support much of that is contracted out overall more than forty thousand of the personnel working under u.s. government contract there about thirty seven percent are afghan locals and according to a report from the special inspector general for afghanistan reconstruction john
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sasso some of those u.s. military contractors are unknown so supporters of this have a bad end now tied up he reported forty three known cases of contractors with connections to these militant organizations that's right the u.s. is supposedly in afghanistan to keep it free of these radical terrorist breeding organizations but in actuality it is handing money over to them in the form of government contracts. according to an independent agency who monitors spending officials in the army suspension and debarment office so they could just cut off the contract based soley on evidence from stop those office bases suspending the contractors funding would be a violation of their due process rights. come out and the us government cares so much about protecting individual due process rights and that is why there for using to cut off funding to terrorists who also double as contractors in
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afghanistan is better than this same government that collects and monitors at win information on all of its own citizens with absolutely no due process what the. whenever the government that treats its own citizens as guilty as charged without them even knowing it this same government deeply cares about the due process rights of suspected taliban and al qaeda supporters were receiving government contract money. that actually does make sense in some kind of purported way doesn't it. for his part thought goes that i am deeply troubled that the us military can pursue attack and even kill terrorists and their supporters but that some in the u.s. government believe we cannot prevent these same people from receiving a government contract. sop who has raised this issue before and the u.s. often provides bonnie's weapons and other aid to groups with possible ties to terrorists we're opening up a whole luke
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a and of alarming worms in syria right now just to name one it's all very questionable and conspiracy theory ready to get a funding but for the government to cite due process rights as a justification that just downright terrified tonight let's talk about that by following me on twitter at the residence. that's as of for now for more on the stories we covered go to youtube dot com slash r.t. america or check out our website archie dot com slosh usa you can also follow me on twitter at aaron aid and don't forget to tune in nine pm for larry king now tonight's special guests are patrick j. adams and meghan markle from the hit t.v. series suits have a great night and a wonderful weekend. oh.
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